Islands of the Atlantic

Lisbon – Port Santa – Funchal – Santa Cruz de Tenerife – San Sebastian – Las Palmas (8 Days)

Fares From £1,495 pp

ISLANDS OF THE ATLANTIC CRUISE SUMMARY

Set sail from the Portuguese metropolis of Lisbon, across the Atlantic Ocean to the sunny Flower Island of Madeira, on a cruise that’s perfect for escaping the wintery cold weather.

The Portuguese capital’s lively blend of culture, history and cuisine is sure to impress. Highlights include the historic Belem Quarter, the Belem Tower, the Monument of the Discoveries and the Monastery of Jeronimos.

In the chic seaside town of Estoril, see the iconic casino that inspired Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel. Sintra is a picturesque village filled with charming narrow roads and lush greenery. Returning to the Portuguese coast, the traditional fishing town of Cascais has been a popular holiday resort for well over a century, or you may like to enjoy a panoramic trip to Azeitão, for a visit to a local wine cellar and a tasting.

Go off the beaten track on a tour of Madeira’s smaller sister island, Porto Santo, or hike to the summit of the volcano-like Pico do Castelo, which dominates the landscape.

Discover why Madeira is the “Island of the Eternal Spring” on a panoramic trip that also includes the famous botanical garden. In Tenerife, take a day trip through Las Cañadas National Park to the highest mountain in Spain, the dormant volcano of El Teide, where the crater is over twenty-nine miles in circumference. Or take a scenic tour to the former capital of La Laguna, for a visit to a local bodega and a tasting.

When Christopher Columbus set sail on his epic voyage of discovery, his final stop for supplies was the tiny island of La Gomera, a place of deep green forests and steep mountains. Take a panoramic trip to the northern part of the island, or enjoy a hike through the stunning Garajonay National Park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.

 

CRUISING ON VASCO DA GAMA 

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Lisbon, Portugal islands of the atlantic nicko cruises uk

Fly from London to Lisbon. Board Vasco da Gama.

Day 2 – Lisbon, Portugal islands of the atlantic nicko cruises uk

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is located at the mouth of the Tagus River and on the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Marvel at the Torre de Belém and discover the Park of Nations, on whose grounds the World’s Fair was held in 1998.

Day 3 – At Sea 

A chance for you to enjoy everything Vasco da Gama has to offer, including the open decks and swimming pool, gym & spa, restaurants, public lounges, library, theatre and so much more!

 

Day 4 – Porto Santa, Madeira Azores Canary Islands & Madeira nicko cruises uk

This small island in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira is known for its warm waters, dive sites and the beautiful Porto Santo Beach. In the capital, Vila Baleira, the Christopher Columbus House Museum has displays on maritime history in the Italian explorer’s former home. Near the summit of Ana Ferreira peak, the Pedreira viewpoint has sweeping views and a towering rock face of multihued columns.​

Day 5 – Funchal, Madeira Madiera & The Azores nicko cruises uk

Exotic fruits and colourful flowers welcome you to Madeira! The imposing Sé Cathedral, culinary delights in the charming market hall, dreamlike views and the exotic variety of plants in the Jardim Botânico ensure that you will not forget your visit to the island’s capital Funchal.

 

Day 6 – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife enchants with picturesque Art Nouveau architecture, colourful carnival events and the striking architecture of the Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martín”. Also explore the breathtaking national park around Spain’s highest mountain, Mount Teide, as well as the enchanting town of San Cristóbal de La Laguna!

 

Day 7 – San Sebastian (La Gomera), Canary Islands

Welcome to San Sebastian, the capital of the small Canary Island La Gomara. Especially the Garajonay National Park is a popular destination and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A circular hiking trail leads through the mystical cloud forest to beautiful viewpoints and to the tiny mountain village of Las Hayas. From Vallehermoso you have a magnificent panoramic view of the hilly green landscape and the sea beyond. In the south, sun worshippers get their money’s worth – with mostly cloudless skies and sandy beaches that invite you to relax.

 

Day 8 – Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Hike through the vineyards of Tafira up to the volcanic cauldron Caldera de Bandama and enjoy the wonderful panoramic view over Gran Canaria. Afterwards, indulge in culinary delights in the picturesque city of Las Palmas and marvel at the fascinating architecture of the Canary Island.

Disembark for your return journey home.

The excursions marked in blue are included in your cruise package. The excursions marked in red can only be booked on board. Mooring and casting off times are guidance times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high water or a ship defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relax and escape the winter back home
  • Overnight in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon   
  • Overnight at anchor on the Flower Island of Madeira   
  • The rich variety of landscapes of the Canary Islands   
  • The most beautiful volcano in Europe, El Teide, on Tenerif

Call our Reservations Team on

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03 – 10 Dec 2022

 

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin. Prices may be subject to change due to flight availability/pricing. Please call our Reservations Team on 01223 568907 for up to date pricing and availability. Single supplements vary depending on cabin category and date of travel, please call for details.

Cruises for other durations
We also offer a number of cruises on the Rhine and Danube for different durations from 4-13 days

Cruise Only Prices
We appreciate that you may want to make your own travel arrangements and can provide cruise only prices on request

City Hotel Stays
We can tailor-make any cruise itinerary with additional pre or post cruise hotels. Please enquire for our recommended hotels and prices.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Return economy flights from London
  • All meals on board
  • Classic drinks package including wine, beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks (Premium upgrade available at a supplement)
  • Gratuities
  • WiFi
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • Guest speaker programme
  • Baggage handling and port fees
  • Full ATOL financial protection

Additional Charges

  • Overseas transfers
  • Shore excursions 
  • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
  • Regional flight supplements
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